Confirmed: Chelsea and Manchester City line-ups

Stamford Bridge

Here is how Chelsea and Manchester City will line up for this afternoon’s late kick-off:

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Remy

Chelsea subs: Cech, Cahill, Christensen, Ake, Loftus-Cheek, Brown, Drogba

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Fernando, Fernandinho, Milner, Silva, Aguero

Manchester City subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Boyata, Kolarov, Lampard, Jovetic, Dzeko

Chelsea welcome Manchester City to Stamford Bridge for a match that could have huge ramifications in the Premier League title race.

Jose Mourinho’s side are currently top of the table, five points clear of the reigning champions, but a win for Manuel Pellegrini’s men will see them cut the gap to just two points.

However, victory for Chelsea will see them race into an eight-point lead so this match deserves its six-pointer status.

Chelsea have some key players unavailable through injury or suspension so City may never have a better time to get one over a club who will not want to suffer home defeats on consecutive weekends.

But with City having only previously won two Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge they will have to be at the top of their game to make that three.

Without a win in their last three matches, City will want to turn things around against a Chelsea side whose strength in depth will come in very handy this weekend.

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